State versus state (up across the board)
Retail turnover increased across every state and every territory in the month, for a pleasant change.
Can we still cite the new IKEA? I think we can - there's not a lot of other entertainment in Canberra, after all.
As a share of total retail expenditure, spending on dining out has never been remotely as high as it is today - at this rate it could very soon account for a frankly ridiculous one sixth of total retail turnover!
Anyway, this entire debate has become far too dull to be continued further here.
But in this case they'd be right to do so, for the reason that the improved headline result over the last quarter was driven by a blip in prices, not increasing volumes.